This news has been received from: wtop.com

All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources. News stories, videos and live streams are from trusted sources.

mail: [NewsMag]

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has cut ties with hockey coach Mel Pearson.

The school announced its decision on Friday. Pearson’s contract expired after last season and he had been an at-will employee, pending a review of the program.

An investigation, obtained by MLive among others, that was given to the school in May revealed in part that Pearson pressured student-athletes to lie about COVID-19 contact tracing during the 2020-21 season and fired volunteer coach Steve Shields for raising concerns.

“This decision has been weighed heavily and for some time,” athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement released by the school. “We welcomed an independent third-party review into the climate and culture of our program before furthering our assessment in lockstep with campus leadership.

“Our student-athletes having a positive and meaningful experience is of paramount importance, and a clear expectation within our department is that all employees and staff are valued and supported. I deeply appreciate and value the many individuals who came forward throughout this review. Today’s announcement reflects the seriousness with what we’ve heard and the values we hold dear at Michigan.”

The Wolverines did not play in the 2021 NCAA Tournament due to COVID-19 protocols. With a team led by NHL first-round draft picks, they were 31-10-1 last season and lost to Denver in the Frozen Four.

Pearson was 99-64-16 at Michigan. He previously coached at Michigan Tech.

___

More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

News Source: wtop.com

Tags: student athletes last season at michigan

Scientists Aim to Bring the Tasmanian Tiger Back From Extinction

Next News:

Inside DWTS’ fired host Tom Bergeron’s reaction when Alfonso Ribeiro approached him about taking over show’s new season

ALFONSO Ribeiro made sure to get the blessing of Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron, before taking the co-hosting gig opposite Tyra Banks for the upcoming season.

The former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star was apparently approached several times to sign on as co-host, but repeatedly said no out of respect to his friend Tom, who was fired from the dancing competition in 2020.

5Alfonso Ribeiro apparently would not have accepted the job hosting Dancing with the Stars without predecessor Tom Bergeron's approvalCredit: Getty 5Tom has reportedly 'come to terms' with his sudden dismissalCredit: Getty

Alfonso, 50, and Tom, 67, have been friends for years, ever since Alfonso initially replaced Tom as host of America’s Funniest Home Videos.

So the actor said he could never take Tom’s old job without his approval.

“Alfonso cites him as the man who gave his career a second act...and he would never do anything to upset Tom,"  A source exclusively told the U.S. Sun.

The two apparently met in the spring to talk about it, after the offer to host was made yet again.

READ MORE DWTSBOLD MOVE DWTS fans think actor dropped major clue he's secretly signed on to season 31DON'T JUDGE DWTS fans shocked after Discovery Plus leaks names of judges for season 31

According to the source, Disney execs were high on pairing Alfonso with controversial co-host Tyra, 48, before the show makes the move to Disney+.

"Tom has made peace with his departure, even if the fans are still angry,” the source confirmed. “So when Alfonso spoke about this opportunity, Tom gave him his blessing and effectively said: 'Go get the money'.”

BERGE-GONE

In July, 2020, Tom tweeted that he would be leaving the ABC show, and told fans that he's "grateful" to have been involved with the competition series.

His tweet read: "Just informed that @DancingABC will be continuing without me.

"It's been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. I'm grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made."

Most read in The US SunROBYN THEM BLIND? Sister Wives' Kody makes sneaky financial move with 'favorite' wife RobynACE SNAPS Paige VanZant serves up a stunning tennis-inspired look to leave fans in aweMYSTERY DEEPENS New lead after man vanished without a trace from a shed near his homeDEVILS MOVE Elon Musk claims he's buying Man Utd - but fans are set for disappointment

Tom proved that he didn't let the bad news get him down and concluded the tweet with a joke.

He wrote: "That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?"

OPENING UP

Weeks later, the fired host opened up about his departure on Bob Saget's Here for You podcast.

"In all candor, the show that I left was not the show that I loved," Tom admitted at the time. "So, the end of the season that turned out to be my last season [in 2019], I kind of knew.

"So I took everything out of my dressing room that I really wanted … It was kind of obvious that we were kind of butting heads.

"It's pretty far in the rearview mirror for me. I'm on to other stuff."

TYRA'S TROUBLES

After the dismissals of Tom and Erin Andrews, seasons 29 and 30 were the first in the show's history where there was only one host, which meant interviews had to be cut down and more duties, and pressure, were put on Tyra.

The supermodel made many mistakes while hosting, including not announcing the correct couple to go home and taking too long to announce winners.

The negative response to Tyra's tact was immediate, with fans vowing to boycott the show, and demanding that the model be fired.

"Look, it's no secret that there is huge fan discontent out there," the source told the U.S. Sun.

"Disney knew they had to act so they told Tyra of the decision to have someone stand alongside her in the spring.

"While they gave her no choice but to accept that cast move, they did say she could 'potentially veto' any prospective hosts, under her role as executive producer."

ALFONSO TO THE RESCUE

But Tyra and Alfonso go back several years as well, and the model even made a guest appearance on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

"Alfonso and Tyra have a long show business relationship with a lot of mutual respect.  That was easy enough," the source summarized.

Read More on The US SunBIG CASH I was called 'loser' at school - now I'm a MILLIONAIRE at 20 thanks to side hustleROBYN THEM BLIND? Sister Wives' Kody makes sneaky financial move with 'favorite' wife Robyn

"Thankfully there was no drama when Alfonso finally agreed.

"Lord knows what would have happened if it had been someone she did not like."

5Tom and Erin Andrews were both fired after season 28Credit: Getty 5That put all the pressure on remaining host Tyra Banks, and fans were not satisfiedCredit: Getty 5Tom gave Alfonso his blessing to host the showCredit: Getty

Other News

  • Gwyneth Paltrow strips down to just a nude leotard as she records her daily routine from morning workout to post-sauna shower ahead of Goop party
  • Bulls Urged to Try Different Look with Lineup Next Season
  • Ravens Projected To Be NFLs Best Defense in 2022
  • NBA Rivals Week, explained: Matchups, dates and more
  • Michigan football 2022 season prediction, preview, awards, 2022 bowl game
  • San Jose Earthquakes | Luchi Gonzalez comes full circle as San Jose Earthquakes new head coach
  • Kirk Cousins drops the remix to iconic catchphrase in Vikings joint practice
  • Warriors Coach’s Rushed Mistake Guided Handling of Key Rookie: Insider
  • I’m plus-size & tried Kim Kardashian’s Skims – I had a major issue with one of the products
  • New York Times Posts Brutal Review of Jared Kushners Soulless Memoir: He Looks Like a Mannequin, and He Writes Like One
  • Jared Kushners soulless White House memoir torn to pieces in New York Times review
  • New York Times Denies Bari Weiss Claim They Silenced Sen. Tim Scott: Simply Not How Journalism Works
  • Here are the top 10 colleges for financial aid. Ruling out pricey schools is a 'tragically flawed' strategy, says Princeton Review editor
  • High School Sports | Fall 2022 high school football preview: EBAL Mountain Division
  • Falcons Make Four Roster Cuts, Lose CB to Injured Reserve
  • High School Sports | Fall 2022 high school football preview: EBAL Valley Division
  • 5 things to know for August 17: Primaries, Covid, Hearing aids, Water cuts, Ukraine
  • NFL Coach Sends Strong Message to Jets: Baddest M************
  • ASK IRA: Is Kevin Durant too much of a moving target for Heat?